Part 1 of 3
Webinar objectives are:
To understand the difference between client-centered treatment/care and a client-centered ‘system’.
To learn, through practical examples, how to identify if the mental health and addiction ‘systems’ (or other public services) in your area are client-centered.
To learn a simple method that you can use to begin transforming a ‘system’ into being client-centered.
Client-centered Mental Health & Addiction ‘Systems’ – Webinar Series
It is no secret that our mental health and addiction programs in Canada are struggling to meet the needs of the public. The evidence is in the media every day. However, when it comes to solutions, most of the conversation is about more money, more psychiatrists, more staff. Unfortunately, more of the same does not give us different, and when we listen to what the public and the clients are saying, we hear a call for real change. We hear a call for a different system that meets their needs in a genuinely client-centered way.
This 3-part webinar series shares the experience and insights from a real program transformation, that led to a new approach to client-centeredness. Many professionals (certainly including social workers) already understand and deliver client-centered care/treatment/therapy. But what about the systems in which that care is provided? Are they designed in the clients’ interest, or are they more tailored to budgets, politics, administration, efficiency, etc.? In his book (It’s Not About Us), and in this webinar, Todd Leader describes how we can shift the power, reduce stigma, reduce oppression and improve empowerment of those with mental illness or addictions, improve access, and improve the health of our population, just by creating a client-centered ‘system’.
Todd Leader, an alumnus of Cape Breton University and Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a Registered Social Worker and a Registered Community Psychologist. He has spent the last 27 years working as a transformational leader in health services and in health promotion, particularly in the areas of mental health, addictions, and primary health care. He has also been teaching in the Faculty of Science at Saint Mary’s University for the same 27 years. Todd has twice earned awards for his teaching, including the Overall Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest award presented by the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association. As well, health services under his leadership have earned two international best practice awards, and a leadership award for excellence in women’s health.
In 2016, he was appointed by the Nova Scotia Minister of Health and Wellness to the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions. Todd has been the President of the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia, a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Health Association. He is currently both the President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, and the Vice President of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. Todd has spent his whole career working as an advocate for client-centered health services, and evidence-based healthy public policy. His most recent accomplishment is that he has written a book called “It’s Not About Us; The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System in Canada”.